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If you are facing an important event, such as a job interview, family wedding, or class reunion, it is important that your teeth look as good as possible. The porcelain veneers procedure can correct minor flaws in the appearance of your teeth so that you can smile with confidence. Our dentist in Konikoff Dental Associates Lynnhaven can help you determine if porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic solution for you.
How Does a Porcelain Veneer Work?
Porcelain veneers are made from thin layers of dental-grade porcelain. Veneers porcelain is similar in strength to your own tooth enamel, so it is strong enough to withstand normal chewing. The porcelain veneer covers the front surface of the tooth to mask any aesthetic flaws. Veneers are suitable for patients with dental issues, such as:
- small gaps and tooth alignment issues,
- discolored teeth,
- chipped teeth,
- teeth that are out of proportion to the face in size or shape, and
- teeth that are worn down because of teeth clenching or grinding.
If you are self-conscious about your smile, a dentist at Konikoff Dental Associates Lynnhaven will help you find the right cosmetic dental procedure for your situation.
Is There a Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Porcelain Crowns?
Veneers and crowns are made from the same material, but they work in slightly different ways. A veneer just covers the front surface of the tooth. This means that the underlying tooth needs to be in relatively good condition. A crown, on the other hand, covers the entire tooth and is typically used to reinforce a tooth that is structurally compromised by decay or other issues. Crowns are often used on the back teeth since they bear more pressure than the front teeth when chewing. Because crowns cover the entire tooth, they are sometimes referred to as porcelain teeth.
What Happens During the Veneer Procedure?
The dentist will make an impression of your teeth. This ensures that the veneers are the appropriate size and shape. To apply the veneer, the dentist may have to remove a thin layer of your natural tooth enamel. However, you won’t feel any pain during this procedure. Certain types of veneers, such as Lumineers®, are so thin that they normally do not require the removal of any of the tooth enamel. The veneer is applied to the tooth using a special adhesive so that you do not have to worry about it slipping while you eat.
Do Veneers Require Special Care?
You veneers should last decades with twice-daily brushing and daily flossing. Just like natural teeth, however, you can damage veneers if you use them to open packages or bottles or eat hard foods, such as candy apples.
What is the Cost of Porcelain Veneers in Virginia Beach?
Your porcelain veneers cost can vary based on your specific needs. We will discuss your porcelain veneers cost following your initial examination.
Let Your Smile Shine
We are dedicated to helping patients achieve their best smile. Call (757) 394-8734 today for more information about our cosmetic dental procedures or to schedule a porcelain veneers consultation with a dentist from Konikoff Dental Associates Lynnhaven.